SCHEDEL, Hartmann (1440-1514). Liber Chronicarum. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, 12 July 1493.
Imperial 2° (448 x 308mm). Collation: [1-26 38 46 5-74 8-116 122 134 14-166 172 18-196 20-254 26-296 302 316 324 33-356 362 374 38-616] (1/1 xylographic title-page, 1/1v blank, 2/1 index, 4/1r Creation-Ultimate Age of the World, 54/6v blank, 55/1r Sarmatian supplement, 55/5v verse on the exploits of Maximilian, 55/6 blank, 56/1r supplements to the Sixth Age and description of Europe, 61/3v-4r map of Germany, 61/4v colophon, 61/5,6 blank). 323 leaves (of 326, without blanks 61/5,6 and 55/6), quire 55 bound at end. 64 lines and headline, table and parts of text double column, fos. CCLVIIII -CCLXI blank except for printed headlines. Types: 9:165G (headlines and headings), 16:110bG (text). 1809 woodcut illustrations printed from 645 blocks (S.C. Cockrell's count, Some German Woodcuts of the Fifteenth Century, Kelmscott Press: 1897, pp.35-6), initials in red and blue, first leaf, register and a few other leaves rubricated, faint colour on a few woodcuts. (Neat repaired tears occasionally into text or woodcut, about 4 leaves partly remargined, some light staining, heavier in quires 39-41.) Near contemporary blind-tooled pigskin, metal corner and centre pieces over red painted background (small wormholes, tears at spine and front cover, without clasps, one catchplate renewed, later endpaper). Provenance: occasional early annotations (washed) -- Muri Benedictine monastery, Switzerland, Abbot Hieronymus (booklabel, stamps) -- Alfred Aspland (sale, Sotheby's, 19th January 1895, lot 611) -- Sir J. Swinburne (?7th Baronet, 1831-1914), inscription 'Bought at Sir J. Swinburne's sale, Capheaton Hall, Newcastle, 26 July 1915' -- E.P. Goldschmidt (booklabel).
FIRST EDITION of the Liber Chronicarum, the most extensively illustrated work of the fifteenth century which numbered among its artists Michael Wolgemut and Wilhelm Pleydenwurff and their workshop, including Albrecht Dürer, godson of Koberger. HC *14508; BMC II, 437 (IC.7451-3); Goff S-307.